In this installment of the Meet the RAPID® Interns spotlight series, we are highlighting an intern from the Spring 2023 program. Scroll down to learn more about Sophia Gumina, an upcoming senior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Sophia Gumina


Sophia Gumina a 4th-year undergraduate student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is working on a research project, "Flow Characteristics" utilizing advanced-flow reactors to optimize and scale up a continuous manufacturing process. Her specific focus is to stress test the current process and identify potential pitfalls.

What are your career aspirations?

As of now, I plan to enter the pharmaceutical industry and pursue a career involving research and development. My experience at Nalas Engineering has been incredibly enjoyable and educational, and I hope to explore a similar path of work in the future. 

What are your thoughts of the RAPID Intern Program so far?

The RAPID Intern Program provides an opportunity to learn about process intensification and its connection to chemical engineering and industry. Throughout the program, I developed beneficial skills that I can use in my professional future, and I also gained a new perspective on industry processes. I am grateful to have been a part of this program and would recommend it to any interested student.


*The RAPID Intern Program is an exciting opportunity for students working with RAPID members. It is a virtual PI leadership program which overlays on the work students are already doing at RAPID member organizations and provides students with PI leadership training and professional development skill-building opportunities like networking, career discovery, and public speaking/presenting. Click here for more information and to nominate a student.